With a population of 1.3 billion and an electorate of around 900 million in 2019, India is the world's largest democracy. For all its faults and flaws, this democratic system stands in marked contrast to the democratic failures of Pakistan and Bangladesh, which were part of India until 1947.
In the year following the 2019 election, Modi’s government lost several of the state elections.
Modi’s “about-turn in just 12 months, from poll-sweeping leader worshipped by his supporters to publicly proclaimed hate-mongerer destroying the foundations of the Indian republic, was one of the most dramatic developments of 2019.”
There are increasing protests against Modi’s agenda, with banners decrying the links between Nazism and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a right-wing Hindu nationalist organisation in which Modi once served as a full-time worker.
The democratic process ensures that the BJP, although an all-powerful national entity, does not hold a monopoly on India’s political landscape.
The Indian people are able to make their voices heard and if they believe the BJP is dangerous they will be voted out at the next election.